air medical transport

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Air Medical Transportation

The state of emergency care has proven to be a great concern to governments of many countries. Over the preceding decade, there has been an increase of businesses providing emergency medical services. Air medical transportation covers the use of airplanes or helicopters to transfer patients and casualties from hospitals and accident scenes. The use of this form of transportation dates from the military experience during the cold war. Air medical services helped to ensure that individual received instant medical care even during the warring times. The evolution of EMS has championed the development of air medical services.

The medical practitioners and the society have always felt the need to devolve the medical systems to ensure that individual receives immediate medical response (Graser 45). The pioneers of the introduction of these services are lead physicians usually surgeons and different hospitals.

Air medical transportation has been integrated with the EMS systems. In 2006, the Association of Air medical services in the U.S. reported 271 members of the service with 193 registered as helicopters (Frazer 129). This growth is linked to the perception that the use of such a service leads to a patient's interest in places where there is provision of service. In several cases, the benefit comes from the increased care offered by air medical officers. The medical crew receives advanced training compared to other EMS providers. There has also been the argument that AMS reduces the cost of healthcare (Dalto and Weir 254).

The existence of AMS has resulted from the need to care for critically injured individuals. AMS provides high-level care to patients due to the availability of equipment used by the trained doctors. The communities in the rural areas for a long time felt sidelined...